Spiced Oatmeal

Easy Spiced Oatmeal

This easy spiced oatmeal recipe is perfect for a quick satisfying breakfast or even as part of a digestive rest – Ayurveda style!

spiced oatmeal

Easy Cinnamon Spiced Oatmeal

My inspiration for this recipe was simple. I wanted to do a traditional, yet modified Ayurveda cleanse. I did not want to eat Kitchari for 3 meals, however, so I decided to eat a very gentle breakfast. This easy oatmeal recipe was just the thing. Only 3 ingredients, gluten free and no added sugar. BONUS!

I absolutely love oatmeal. My favorite way to eat it, however, is lathered in macadamia butter or almond butter.

FYI – For my cleanse, I used water instead of almond milk.

Spiced Oatmeal

Do I Need to Sweeten This Oatmeal?

You definitely do not need to sweeten this oatmeal, especially is you use a liquid other than water. The Ayurveda-inspired spice blend offers a delicious flavor!

If you do want to sweeten this naturally, good choices are coconut flakes, honey, agave, and liquid stevia.

Is Spiced Oatmeal Gluten Free?

Oatmeal is one of those ingredients that you need to be careful with if you want to stay completely gluten free. It is notorious for having cross contamination. When eating oats, it is important to get certified gluten free if gluten is an issue.

Spiced Oatmeal

Easy Oatmeal Topping Ideas

I LOVE toppings on my spiced oatmeal. My favorites include:

Coconut flakes

Cacao nibs

Almond slivers

Bee Pollen

How to Make this Spiced Oatmeal

Add liquid, oats, and spices to a small saucepan.

How to Make Spiced Oatmeal

Heat over medium heat until it reaches a simmer.

Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

How to Make Spiced Oatmeal

(Optional) Let sit for a few moments to let the oats finish soaking up any excess liquid.

Can I Make the Oatmeal Spice Ahead of Time?

You definitely can! I like to use these measurements and store them in a small mason jar. Then I just use about 1 teaspoon for this recipe.

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 tablespoon nutmeg

1/2 tablespoon cardamom

How to Make Spiced Oatmeal

There are plenty of other recipes that you can use this spice in as well. This is precisely why I like to make up a bigger batch. I have been known to double the above measurements to make a SUPER big batch!

Another great use for the spice blend is for cooked apples. Put some water and diced apples in a small saucepan, then add this spice (how much depends on how many apples). Then saute until the apples are tender. And enjoy! OR you can even puree the cooked apples and make applesauce!

Spiced Oatmeal

What Are Good Liquids to Use For This Spiced Oatmeal Recipe?

My favorite liquid to use for oatmeal recipes such as this one is unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It provides some sweetness without all the sugar and I always feel it ends up a bit thicker when using almond milk versus water. Other non dairy liquids such as oat milk and coconut milk taste great!

Water is also a lovely liquid to use and will ALWAYS work.

Lastly, if you can tolerate dairy and just love milk – then have at it! We don’t drink much dairy in our house. BUT, the kids love it when I buy a surprise gallon of milk and they can use real milk on their cereals. Their bodies handle it better than mine!

Spiced Oatmeal

Easy Spiced Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup non dairy milk or water 
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom


  1. Add liquid, oats and spices to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until it reaches a simmer.
  2. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  3. (Optional) Let sit for a few moments to let the oats finish soaking up any excess liquid.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 41gNet Carbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 14g

Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!

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